Complete Encyclopedia of Formula 1, by Tim Hill & Gareth Thomas 
Hardcover, © 2011 Parragon Books, ISBN 97811445439624

Complete Encyclopedia of Formula 1 Visit many large bookstores and you will generally find one or more Formula 1 reference books on the shelves. They’re generally a fantastic resource for F1 buffs, who want the latest and most up-to-date records available.

Enter the Complete Encyclopedia of Formula 1, which is the latest offering to hit the bookshelves.

Containing complete profiles of the sport’s World Champions and high-profile drivers, the book also offers chapters on F1 constructors past and present, summaries of every World Championship season since 1950, as well as giving coverage of the major circuits that have played host to this great sport.

Co-written by Tim Hill and Gareth Thomas, this is an new edition of the 2009 Complete Encyclopedia of Formula One from the same publisher (that edition committed the heinous crime of having an IndyCar on its cover!).

It would appear that the title is geared towards F1 fans who’ve been following the sport in the last ten years. Certainly, the summaries of more recent seasons are considerably more detailed than those from decades before, and the driver biographies section has some surprise inclusions.

Quite why the likes of Timo Glock, Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli are doing being presented in the same company as Moss, Fangio, Senna and Prost certainly had us a little curious, especially when you consider the likes of Didier Pironi, Thierry Boutsen, and Jean Alesi were not afforded profiles…

Overall, it’s a step up from its predecessor and it’s very nicely presented – most impressive is the array of photographs used to complement the text, including a vast number that we had not seen before.

It is an easy read and an excellent starter resource for a fan looking to learn more about the sport.

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Complete Encyclopedia of Formula 1 is available from most major booksellers. Our review copy was kindly supplied to us by Parragon Books.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.